What the Church Means to You (Part 1)

The scripture is filled with references to God’s house.  We call it the church.  The church of God is made up of born again believers.  When we consider the building, we see the local physical church God has blessed and set apart as he did synagogues, the temple, and the tabernacle.  Whatever we call it, it is God’s house.  The Bible is particular about how we’re to feel about it.

Psalms 27: 4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

What does the church mean to you?  The Lord has planted us here in this particular house.  David put his heart on prayer to let us know how he felt.  This verse shows his desire.  He was king and lived in the palace.  God’s house was still a tabernacle.  This bothered David because he thought God’s house should be better than the house of the king.  The tabernacle was a tent; it was getting old.  It was still a glorious structure, and God was perfectly happy with it.  It was what he wanted.  God is what makes a house a church.  In David’s case, he said he’d rather be at the house of God than his own house.  There is a time to worship, but many watch the clock as if an hour is all the time they will give.  God should end a service not us.

David mentioned three specific things:  dwelling in the house of the Lord, beholding the beauty of the Lord, and enquiring in his temple.  David wanted to dwell there.  He wanted to always be connected to it.  What time we spend here helps us in the times we cannot be here.  We should be drawn here.  We see ourselves living in the days of a falling away.  Hebrews 10:25 says not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Even at the time it was written people were starting to forsake God’s house.  Anyone who does it does it to their own spiritual deprivation.  No matter how great or few come, all of God is here.  We need to be like David and want to be at the house of the Lord.  A Christian should have a desire for God’s house.  Days are long when we can’t have church due to weather.  I’m thankful I miss it when I can’t come.  If it didn’t bother me not come, I’d be praying.

David desired to behold the beauty of the Lord.  We see his beauty in many ways but in no way like you can in church.  You cannot compare being in the mountains to being at church because the house of God is what God instituted.  He wanted to enquire in his temple.  Do we have to come to church to pray?  Absolutely not.  We can pray anywhere anytime.  However, there is something special about praying in the house of God with our brothers and sisters.  We open our hearts.  We share our hearts.  We seek the Lord for ourselves and on behalf of others.  The Lord longs to touch us in his house.  He blesses us at home and at work, but there is a particular blessing to be found in his house.  If we leave the house of God unblessed, there is no one to blame but ourselves.  The devil will always try to hinder us, but we don’t have to let him.  We can get a blessing in spite of him.  David chose to focus on and seek after the Lord.  He acted on the beauty by enquiring after the Lord.

For next week consider the appeal of God’s house.  Consider the place God’s house should hold for us before we come, while we’re here, and after we leave.  Thumb through the Psalms and see the references to the house of the Lord.  Look in the Kings and Chronicles.

The power is not in how many pews are filled but hinges on if God fills the house.  I want to be at my place at God’s table.

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